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July 17, 2018
People have been migrating forever—to pursue fresh opportunities, or, more often, to escape a bad situation in order to survive. Sadly, the latter is responsible for most mass movements today. Instability, violence, poor economic prospects and corruption commonly underly mass migration, or so... Read More
January 17, 2018
For the second time, the Federal Government of Mexico, through the Secretariat of Public Function and the Coordination of the National Digital Strategy, gave annual recognition to organizations and departments that are making the government more open and collaborative. This year, the... Read More
June 19, 2017
In February, I relocated to Sri Lanka from Burma to become the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Resident Program Director. Since 2015, Sri Lanka has been in the midst of a democratic transition that has created opportunities for political reform and reconciliation following decades of... Read More
February 09, 2017
In recent years, Argentina’s economy has been challenged by high inflation and unemployment, defaulted bond payments, and almost no growth. Corruption has been a challenge, with Transparency International... Read More
December 20, 2016
Dina Bani Doumi says that she feels inspired and more confident since joining IRI’s Empower program in 2014. “The program helped me a lot! First and foremost, in my daily life among family members, I feel like I can speak... Read More
December 16, 2016
Balancing the governance equation IRI’s Citizen Academy program is modeled after longstanding, successful municipal outreach programs in Alexandra, VA and Scottsdale, AZ. The program started in Jordan near the end of 2015. Citizen Academies provide city residents with the knowledge and networks... Read More
July 26, 2016
Last week, I was asked to be on a panel on “Utilization of Evidence and Research” at the USAID Democracy, Rights and Governance Partners’ Forum.  I spent some time during my presentation talking about complexity-aware approaches, and how to make sure that evidence stays relevant in the... Read More
May 25, 2016
We Africans sometimes complain about how others are not focusing on our story. Take for example the Paris attacks in late 2015; the media coverage stirred to my mind memories from Kenya’s own Garissa University attack. Some say there is inequality in coverage between the Paris attack and terror... Read More
May 09, 2016
April 03, 2016
Good governance work takes many shapes. When I tell my friends what I do and describe good governance, I use the definition “government institutions managing public resources and making sure it is done with citizens input.” Depending on where you are, this can look very different. For example,... Read More

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